6 Days / 5 Nights
ISLAND HOPPING 6D/5N
DATES: 2021 (Every Sunday)
Departure/Arrival: Baltra Island (airport)
Single Supplement: + USD 920
Upon arrival at Baltra airport, please purchase the National Park and INGALA transit fee cards, US$100 and US$20 respectively and subject to change without prior notice.
Baltra Island /Puerto Ayora (Sta. Cruz Island) / Arrival day
Upon arrival to Baltra island’s airport, transfer to Baltra’s port to take a ferry over Itabaca channel to reach Santa Cruz Island. Take a ride through the highlands of Santa Cruz island, visit a private farm where you’ll enjoy a delicious local lunch. Take a walk through a beautiful natural environment while observing the giant Galapagos Tortoises and a diversity of birds species. Overnight in Puerto Ayora.
Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island)
Enjoy time at one of the most beautiful beaches of Galapagos on Tortuga Bay. Walk on the soft coral sand beach while spotting colonies of marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and marine birds, as well as mangroves, cacti forest and interesting coastal flora. Visit the breeding centre of giant tortoises, Fausto Llerena, where the embalmed body of the ancient and worldwide known Lonesome George Tortoise is exhibited. Take a short visit to the Charles Darwin museum. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Puerto Ayora (Sta. Cruz Island) – Pto. V. Ibarra (Floreana Island) – Pto. Villamil (Isabela Island)
Take a 2.5-hours journey to Puerto Velasco Ibarra situated in Floreana Island. Visit Puerto Velasco Ibarra which is the habitat for a sea lions colony and marine iguanas. Take an exciting ride on a local bus (CHIVA) to the island’s hilly area, where we’ll visit the historic caves ‘’ Asilo de Paz’’ (a Shelter of Peace). Continuing with the tour, visit the tortoises' pens and enjoy a delicious lunch before taking a 2.5 hours boat ride to Puerto Villamil situated on Isabela Island.
Pto. Villamil (Isabela Island)
on board a local boat, sail to “Las Tintoreras” islet. Habitat to numerous colonies of marine iguanas, sea lions, and white-tip reef sharks known in Spanish as Tintoreras. This is a great place to snorkel or simply to take a swim with playful sea lions, penguins and marine green turtles. Return to the hotel for a nice meal.
Take a local bus to visit the giant tortoises breeding centre, Arnaldo Tupiza, where you’ll spot a few endemic species, and learn about the hard work done by the National Park to protect such species. Walkthrough a wetlands field, habitat to 4 species of mangroves, numerous species of birds, including flamingoes, lapwings and also marine iguanas.
Optional activityIf you are more adventurous and fit, you can opt to get involved in this optional activity. Tour the Sierra Negra volcano, where you’ll find an incredible giant crater, known as the world’s second-largest crater after Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.
Pto. Villamil (Isabela Island) – Puerto Ayora (Sta. Cruz Island)
Today, return to Santa Cruz Island. Take A 3-hours journey back to Puerto Ayora. Along the way, keep an eye open for marine turtles, sting-rays, several species of marine birds and dolphins.
Explore the coastline of Santa Cruz island, populated by playful sea lions, blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Visit a paradisiac site (German Bay), where a walk will be organised to"Canal del Amor” (channel of love). Tour Caamaño Islet and "Playa de Los Perros” (dogs’ beach) surrounded by dry forest and a rocky shoreline. At last, take a swim in Las Grietas (The Cracks). We’ll return to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.
Puerto Ayora (Sta. Cruz Island) / Baltra / Departure day
Before heading to Baltra's airport, visit the natural formation known as the Craters "Los Gemelos” (the twins). The craters area has its microclimate and it’s surrounded by a Scalesia forest which is the habitat for bromeliads, orchids, moss, lichens and many species of birds (scarlet flycatchers, Darwin’s finches and short-eared owls). Continue the journey to Itabaca Channel, take a ferry across, then a bus transfer to Baltra's airport. Your local guide will help you to find the airline’s counter.
|1||Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora||HotelBoutique||Twin/Double|
|2||Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora||Hotel Boutique||Twin/Double|
|3||Isabela/Puerto Villamil||Hotel Boutique||Twin/Double|
|4||Isabela/Puerto Villamil||Hotel Boutique||Twin/Double|
|5||Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora||Hotel Boutique||Twin/Double|
|6||Depart Galapagos Islands|
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